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  • Cease Fire at Disney- - 7/11/05 will have to change its name now that a truce has been declared.

    Apparently, "there's a great big beautiful tomorrow" shining in Disney's (NYSE: DIS) world now that the very vocal dissident group headed by Walt Disney's nephew has agreed to a five-year truce with the entertainment giant.

    Since Roy Disney Jr. and Stan Gold launched the site shortly after they left Disney's board of directors two years ago, there has been a pretty tense stand-off between the two warring factions. With the assistance of a large block of institutional investors, the Save Disney camp almost succeeded in booting Disney CEO Michael Eisner from the company's board at last year's annual meeting.

    The groundswell subsided when Eisner announced that he would step down no later than 2006, but started bubbling again in earnest when Disney tapped insider Robert Iger as Eisner's successor.

    The Save Disney group wanted to go after Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) Steve Jobs to replace Eisner and was upset when only one candidate other than Iger -- eBay's (Nasdaq: EBAY) Meg Whitman -- was supposedly interviewed for the position.

    In return for giving Iger a shot to prove himself through the end of the decade and dropping a lawsuit challenging Disney's CEO selection process, Roy was granted the title of director emeritus and will be retained by the company as a consultant.
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